As Twitter has grown exponentially in membership, usage and popularity, it’s increasingly interesting to look at twitter facts and figures worth reading and exploring. The microblogging giant has come a long way since co-founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet.

1347,000 Tweets are sent every minute

Yes, you heard it right, more than 347,000 Tweets are sent every minute.

2Twitter is harder to resist than cigarettes and alcohol

One of the weirdest Twitter facts is that Twitter is more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, according to a study.

3Twitter Could Have Been Called ‘Friendstalker’

“Friendstalker” was one of the early names considered for Twitter.

4The FBI’s dictionary of Twitter slang

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The FBI has a Twitter slang dictionary.

5There are many Voices of Sweden, via Twitter

The official Twitter account of @Sweden is given to a random citizen every week to manage.

6Fake tweet dive exposes market vulnerability 

In 2013, a fake tweet temporarily wiped out US$130 billion off the stock market.

7Twitter Fans Tweet Enough to Fill a 10 Million-Page Book

A day’s worth of Twitter posts would fill a 10-million-page book.

8All your Twitter belongs to the Library of Congress

Every tweet Americans send is being archived by the Library of Congress.

9CIA actively monitors 5 million tweets every day

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The CIA reads up to 5 million tweets a day.

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10The US created a Cuban Twitter to overthrow government

The U.S. Government created a Twitter clone for Cubans in 2011.

1144% of Twitter Accounts Have Never Sent a Tweet

44% of registered Twitter users have never tweeted. One of the weirdest Twitter Facts.

12Twitter Users Send Out 200 Million Tweets Each Day

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In 2011, Twitter users tweeted the equivalent of 8,163 copies of “War and Peace” every day.

13Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ to followers of Pope Francis

According to the Vatican, you can reduce the time you spend in purgatory by following the pope on Twitter.

14Justin Bieber Twitter followers ‘50% fake’ says report

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Around 50% of Justin Bieber’s followers on Twitter are fake, a report found.

15Twitter bought Vine for US$30 million

Twitter bought Vine for US$30 million several months before it was even officially released.

16‘Bogus’ AP tweet wipes billions off US markets

In April 2013, someone hacked Associated Press’ Twitter account and tweeted that 2 bombs had exploded at the White House. The stock market crashed within seconds.

17Only about 10% of the world’s Internet Users use Twitter

90% of the world’s Internet Users Don’t Use Twitter. This is the strangest twitter facts you might have heard.

18Chávez rewards three millionth Twitter follower with new home

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And this is one of the best twitter facts. In 2012, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez rewarded his 3,000,000th Twitter follower, a 19-year old girl, with a new home.